About Us

Steam locomotive Princess Margaret Rose and Saloon 45000 outside the West Shed

About Us

Who are we and what do we do?

The West Shed is home to The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust – a Charity formed in 1993 by a group of railway enthusiasts who had already saved and restored several steam locomotives. Since then, the Trust has restored more locomotives and railway carriages, and developed a professional base – the West Shed – located at the Midland Railway-Butterley.

You can help us to look after our historic steam locomotives and railway carriages by making a donation. Your support will also help us to keep the West Shed Museum open for visitors to enjoy for years to come. As a Registered Charity we are grateful for every penny received!

To make a donation online, please click on the ‘Make a Donation’ button below – this will take you to our main organisation website:


Our activities include…

Four steam locomotives outside the West Shed.

The Museum

We welcome visitors to the West Shed Museum. Come and see our locomotives and carriages and explore the collections through displays, films and hands-on activities. At different times you can also enjoy children’s craft activities, guided tours and events. For more information see the Visit us page.

A view into the West Shed engineering workshop.

The Workshop

We have a purpose-built workshop to restore and maintain our locomotives and carriages – you can watch what’s going on from a viewing gallery. Our Engineers also carry out contract work for other organisations – one of our current major projects is ‘The Unknown Warrior’ locomotive. For more information see: https://lms-patriot.org.uk/

Steam locomotive Duchess of Sutherland travelling through the countryside.

Train Trips

Our flagship locomotive 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ travels all over the UK on the national rail network operating special train trips. We hire the locomotive out to other operators a list of tours can be found here:

Become a Member

Be part of our organisation and help us to keep steam alive by becoming a Friend of the Duchess

To find out more about our other activities in more detail, take a look at our main organisation website by clicking the link below:

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